PAR Urges PA State Senators to Support COLA Legislation for Community MH/MR Services

PAR Urges PA State Senators to Support COLA Legislation for Community MH/MR Services










Harrisburg, PA (PRWEB) October 14, 2006

The Pennsylvania Association of Resources for People with Mental Retardation (PAR) calls upon the members of the state Senate to vote yes on House Bill 1813 when it comes up for a vote on Monday, October 16th.

This bill – which has passed the House of Representatives, the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously – will help ensure stable funding for essential community mental health and mental retardation services and supports provided to over 250,000 persons with mental retardation and mental illness throughout Pennsylvania.

Community-based mental retardation and mental health services and supports, although completely reliant on state and federal funds to provide essential services to Pennsylvanians with mental retardation and mental illness, have been starved for years with either no increases or only 2% increases in the state budget while inflation and the costs of providing these services – food, fuel, housing, salaries, health and other insurances, etc. – continue to rise.

If enacted, HB 1813 would establish an annual cost-of-living adjustment for community-based MH/MR services based on the federal government’s Home Health Market Basket (cost of living) Index. HB 1813 does not remove the authority and discretion of the legislature in the budgeting process; rather it places community-based MH/MR services on a level playing field with the other major Medicaid provider groups who obtain annual funding through a similar mechanism. These mechanisms simply require the Executive Branch to request an appropriate cost-of-living adjustment in the budget each year, which is still subject to the Legislature’s review and approval.

“We are asking the Commonwealth not to shun the 250,000 individuals with mental retardation or mental illness who are eligible for services and supports. Pennsylvania has a commitment to provide for its most vulnerable citizens. Community providers are dedicated to the persons they serve and their families but services and supports need regular cost of living adjustments (COLA) to survive,” stated Shirley Walker, PAR’s President and CEO.

Walker continued “A consistent lack of adequate funding and absence of a fair COLA has clearly negatively impacted tens of thousands of Pennsylvania workers who are still earning poverty-level wages and there are over 23,000 individuals with mental retardation who are waiting for services – 3,452 of which are in critical, life-threatening situations. It is unconscionable that our great Commonwealth would allow this to happen to its own citizens. Voting yes on this bill is an opportunity to make a change.”

The Governor’s Office has publicly stated that Governor Rendell will most likely veto the legislation if it comes to his desk, citing primarily that they believe HB 1813 would cost too much money. PAR must ask – how can legislation that would provide the opportunity for stable funding for services that are an essential responsibility of government be ignored?

As Pennsylvania’s state budget has continued to grow, funding for mental retardation services has made up a smaller and smaller percentage of it. This bill will not reverse that trend but it will help keep the gap from widening.

It is time for individuals with mental retardation, their families and the people who support them to be treated as a priority of state government. Therefore we urge members of the General Assembly and the Governor’s Office to make that happen by supporting House Bill 1813.

PAR, incorporated in 1970, is the only statewide provider association in Pennsylvania dedicated exclusively to ensuring that the quality of supports and services to individuals with mental retardation and their families is continuously improved. PAR members provide the full range of supports and services to tens of thousands of individuals with mental retardation in over 4,500 locations in the Commonwealth. PAR members also employ over 27,000 Pennsylvanians. PAR is a founding member of the MH/MR Coalition which has worked diligently to support people with mental retardation or mental illness.

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Breaking the Silence, Shattering the Myths: A Community Leadership Dialogue to Launch Mental Health Awareness Month at Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc.

Breaking the Silence, Shattering the Myths: A Community Leadership Dialogue to Launch Mental Health Awareness Month at Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc.










Detroit, MI (PRWEB) April 29, 2011

With one in five Americans struggling with mental illness at sometime in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, one of the area’s oldest community mental health organizations, Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, is bringing together elected officials and media with clients and healthcare, community and business leaders to have a candid discussion about the common cause of mental illness and community mental health. Mental Health Awareness Month will launch in Detroit with an unprecedented cross-sector leadership dialogue led by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and Detroit Central City Community Mental Health President & CEO Irva-Faber Bermudez on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 6pm – 8:30pm.

Simultaneously, a 30-second public service announcement featuring Napoloen, Faber-Bermudez, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Detroit Police Chief Ralph L. Godbee, Jr., Henry Ford Health System President and CEO Nancy Schlichting and Bishop Edgar L. Vann will air on several TV and cable channels. The PSA is designed to celebrate Detroit Central City’s 40 years of unwavering service, while bringing awareness and encouraging people to support community mental health and seek help for mental illness if needed. “We shouldn’t have to wait for high profile examples of mental illness, left unchecked and untreated, to have a discussion about mental health and wellness. The dialogue and campaign will bring awareness of the growing demand for mental health services, encourage people to seek help, and not feel ashamed to do so,” said Irva Faber-Bermudez.

Located in the heart of Midtown Detroit, the dialogue will include discussion about healthcare and the fact that “there is no health without mental health,” said Nancy Schlichting, Detroit Central City’s 2010 mental health hero award recipient. Participants will also discuss how mental health and wellness plays a leading role in the 15 x 15 movement to bring 15,000 new residents to Midtown by 2015; how law enforcement, legislators, businesses, non-profit organizations, practitioners and healthcare officials bonds can be strengthened to positively affect mental health and wellness; how the media plays a crucial role in erasing the stigma; and how innovative collaborations are working to serve all who seek help.

Participants, to date, include: U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Lt. Governor Brian Calley; Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon; Detroit Deputy Mayor Saul Green; Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee; Judge Timothy Kenny of the Wayne County Third Circuit Court; Dr. Valerie Parisi, Dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine; Dr. Yvonne Anthony, Director of the City of Detroit Health and Wellness Promotion; Dr. Reginald Eadie, President of Detroit Receiving Hospital; Dr. Robert Lagrou of Henry Ford Health System; William Heaphy, Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office; Tamela Aikens of the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative; Giancarlo Guzman of United Way of Southeast Michigan; Bishop Edgar L. Vann of Second Ebenezer Church; Marc Scheuer, Vice President of Comerica Bank; Dr. Alireza Amirsadri, Chief of Psychiatry at Detroit Receiving Hospital; Jeff Gerritt, Editorial Writer of the Detroit Free Press Editorial Board; Jay Greene, Senior Healthcare Reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business, Bankole Thompson of the Michigan Chronicle, and many others. Ron Savage, Fox 2 Anchor and Reporter will serve as moderator.

Detroit Central City, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, thanks Henry Ford Health System, Health Alliance Plan and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for their sponsorship and participation in this program. Detroit Central City is conveniently located at 10 Peterboro, corner of Woodward, in Detroit. Parking will be available at the Detroit Central City gated lot on Peterboro as well as the Michigan State University lot on Woodward.

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Community Marketing Distributor Announces Highest Sales Week in Company History

Community Marketing Distributor Announces Highest Sales Week in Company History










Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) May 28, 2007

Toronto-based referral marketing distributor, Bond Advertising and Marketing Group, announces the achievement of hitting record sales in its newly established Ottawa branch. In the first week of May, the Ottawa office’s sales total topped $ 15,000 – the highest earning week in the company’s history.

This achievement has not only greatly impacted overall results in each of the company’s offices, but it has brought on numerous additional partnership opportunities with local businesses, including: Local Heroes Bar & Grill, Dominos Pizza, Active Green & Roses and Canadian Golf and Country Club.

Bond Advertising and Marketing Group continues to support local businesses through targeted community outreach programs that help drive sales while generating overall awareness throughout the area.

Whether distributing on behalf of popular area restaurants, car care brands or local professional sports teams, Bond Advertising and Marketing Group brings together local merchants and community members by making it possible for consumers to do more of the things they enjoy for less than they thought possible. This unique community marketing network allows consumers to get more out of life through one-of-a-kind value offers while helping businesses connect with their customers face-to-face.

As an authorized distributor of referral marketing leader, Smart Circle International, Bond Advertising and Marketing Group builds upon a proven marketing approach that has helped national and international consumer brands – from Dominos Pizza to the New York Yankees – significantly increase their business. Customized consumer promotions offered in the form of professionally-produced Smart Cards, build traffic by increasing frequency, filling unused capacity during off-peak periods and prospecting brand new customers.

In addition to supporting its advertising partners, Bond Advertising and Marketing Group provides a ground floor opportunity for its professionally trained field representatives to become involved in the direct sales business and reach consumers on behalf of respected international brands and local favorites. The company’s business model continues to afford opportunities for full-time distributors to sell popular products that consumers already connect with, directly to them at home and at work.

About Bond Advertising and Marketing Group

Established in 2000, Bond Advertising & Marketing Group is an authorized Distributor of Smart Circle International, the dominant force in referral marketing worldwide. More information about Smart Circle International is available at http://www.smartcircleinternational.com. To speak to a Bond Advertising & Marketing Group representative, please contact Human Resources at 416-789-2663.

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San Francisco Chiropractor, Dr. Adam Jacobs, Promotes Health and Chiropractic in the San Francisco Community through Corporate Outreach Program

San Francisco Chiropractor, Dr. Adam Jacobs, Promotes Health and Chiropractic in the San Francisco Community through Corporate Outreach Program











Dr. Jacobs giving a chiropractic health education talk


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 11, 2011

As a chiropractor, Dr. Adam Jacobs is dedicated to increasing and maintaining the health of his patients and his community at large. Traditionally, he works toward this goal in his clinic, SF Custom Chiropractic, combining chiropractic, Active Release Technique and laser therapy. The clinic offers various monthly promotions allowing new patients to come into the office and see for themselves how beneficial his care can be to their health. Beyond this, Dr. Jacobs thought it would be wise to bring his knowledge and practice out into the community as well. He created a corporate outreach program, which offers on site education and/or therapeutic care.

Most recently, Dr. Adam Jacobs teamed up with Regus to bring in free chair massages for client appreciation. Dr. Jacobs and team of massage therapists came to Regus and provide some midday relaxation for their clients in their numerous office buildings throughout the Financial District. This partnership works as a way for Regus to show their clients appreciation and allows the clients to get some much needed stress relief and an introduction to SF Custom Chiropractic.

In the past, Dr. Jacobs has also used his corporate outreach program as a means for community education. Dr. Jacobs has arranged health talks at various offices, gyms, apartment complexes and clubs on topics including ergonomics, repetitive stress injuries, stress reduction, headaches and carpel tunnel syndrome. He educates on proper posture and demonstrates easy and effective stretches that anyone can incorporate into their daily routine to reduce stress and pain.

Next week, Dr. Jacobs will be giving ergonomic health talks at Jumpstart Automotive Group and Nossaman Law offices. Corporate Outreach events are easily set up by contacting SF Custom Chiropractic with a date, time and type of program. If you are interested in setting up a partnership for a corporate outreach program in your office, contact SF Custom Chiropractic at 415-788-8700.

About SF Custom Chiropractic: SF Custom Chiropractic opened in January 2011. Head treating doctor, Dr. Adam Jacobs received his doctorate of chiropractic from Palmer West College of Chiropractic (known for being the leader of sports chiropractic). He has a master’s degree and a full body and long nerve entrapment certification in Active Release Technique.

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New Book Encourages Community Action to Rescue the Mentally Ill

New Book Encourages Community Action to Rescue the Mentally Ill










Fort Wayne, IN (PRWEB) December 8, 2008

Communities can help people overcome mental illness by spreading awareness and assistance as modeled by award-winning author and mental illness advocate, Larry Hayes in “Mental Illness and Your Town” (ISBN 9781932690767, Loving Healing Press, 2008).

“Mental Illness and Your Town” is a roadmap for individuals to advocate within their community to help those who suffer to find relief, joy and a return to normalcy. Written with authority and compassion, author Larry Hayes retells the stories of people who have triumphed over mental illness and how local communities can transform themselves so the mentally ill are cared for in a manner that benefits everyone.

Anyone concerned about the mentally ill will find “Mental Illness and Your Town” a revealing study of how individuals and communities can fight for a treatment revolution to enrich and save lives. Hayes discusses not only the history of mental illness and how the closing of institutions have relegated mental illness to doctor’s offices, but why more funding is needed and more community education is imperative to improve the current situation.

Hayes writes with first-hand knowledge about mental illness, having been hospitalized himself with depression, and having watched family members struggle with mental illness. Hayes calls people to lobby locally for the mentally ill by writing to newspaper editors, becoming involved in local chapters of NAMI (National Association for the Mentally Ill), and inviting experts on mental illness to speak to local organizations and churches. Mental illness affects everyone in a community directly or indirectly. The time has come for this illness to be understood and for action to be taken to resolve the situation at the community level.

Experts applaud “Mental Illness and Your Town.” Stephen C. McCaffrey, President of Mental Health America of Indiana declares, “Larry Hayes provides families with a real self-help manual that is personal and compassionate, yet practical and hands-on.” Pete Early, author of “CRAZY: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness” says, “Larry Hayes uses his family’s story to offer practical suggestions about how communities can help persons with mental illnesses recover and thrive. This is a wonderful blueprint….” James Howell, Ph.D. and Juvenile child researcher, states, “Larry Hayes demonstrates…the ability to reduce complex social problems to simple terms. In addition, he fills the book with practical solutions and ways to reduce the sometimes debilitating effects of mental illness.”

About the Author

Larry Hayes has won over fifty state and national awards for editorials and columns in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. In 1986, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in recognition of his editorials challenging his city to desegregate its schools. Hayes was instrumental in Indiana’s victorious fight to win parity of health insurance for persons with a mental illness. He introduced the Crisis Intervention Team to help city police better respond to mental health crises, and he won support for the creation of the Suicide Prevention Council and a county-wide Mental Health Coordinating Council. Hayes played a key role in building public support for the Carriage House, a highly acclaimed rehabilitation center, and he successfully lobbied Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne to create the Institute for Behavior Studies. Hayes is also the author of the memoir “Monday I’ll Save the World.”

“Mental Illness and Your Town” (ISBN 9781932690767, Loving Healing Press, 2008) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information including podcasts, visit http://www.communitymentalhealth.us. Publicity contact: http://www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.

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